Could Stephen Colbert Sway SC GOP Vote?
Rock Hill, SC - Comedy Central comedian Stephen Colbert says, “I am proud to announce that I am forming an exploratory committee to lay the ground work for my possible candidacy for the Presidency of the United States of South Carolina. I'm doing it!"
The late night announcement Thursday from Colbert made it unofficially official, a tongue in cheek bid to enter and win the South Carolina GOP Primary.
Rick Hill resident Robin Gover says, “I think people take life too seriously & it's funny."
But it may not be a joking matter. In one South Carolina poll the Palmetto State native came out ahead of candidate Jon Huntsman, who finished 3rd in New Hampshire.
Winthrop Freshman Eddie Adams says, “He's pretty good at what he does. I'd say he's up there, he's very competitive."
Sadly for Colbert fans everywhere, it's not gonna happen...
Winthrop Associate Professor of Political Science & African American Studies Adolphus Belk, Jr. says, “The filing deadline has already passed and the South Carolina GOP Primary does not allow write in candidates."
Professor Belk says any write-in-votes for the comedian wouldn't be considered legitimate and would be tossed out, “A person might simply be saying, 'None of the above. I want something else.'"
Colbert made a similar joking attempt to run on both party tickets for the 2008 primaries.
Rock Hill resident Angela Murdock says, “They'll let anybody run so I guess he feels like he can run too."
This isn't the first time South Carolina politics have been fodder for the late night comedians. Failed Senatorial candidate Alvin Green was ridiculed for a lack of experience (among other things) and Former Governor Mark Sanford made the comedy circuit over antics surrounding his Argentinian mistress.
York Tech student Russell Brown says, “Yeah, it's a joke."
Still, many say it's not the nomination Colbert is really after.
Tega Cay resident Dan Wilkins says, “It's a way for him to get more attention, it's all he's known for is poking fun at people to get attention and make a name for himself."
Professor Belk says fans of The Colbert Report aren't likely to vote for the Republican primary & it's highly unlikely the comedian will sway votes from GOP contenders.